Tradition has it that the word "alchemy" comes from the Egyptian term "Khme" designating the "black earth" of Egypt, but the knowledge of the alchemists originated in Mesopotamian alchemy. For the Greeks and the Egyptians, alchemy would have been taught to men by the god Hermes "Trismegistus". In general, alchemy touches the understanding of the first things and their generation, which brings it closer, if not by methods, at least by the aspiration, of certain applications of modern chemistry. Moreover, alchemy is always intimately associated with ideological, philosophical, metaphysical and occult considerations. Alchemical transmutation thus also represents a spiritual awakening. Then flourished the intermediate sciences, if it is permissible to speak thus: astrology, alchemy, the old medicine of the virtues of stones and talismans, sciences which seem to us today chimerical and charlatanesque. Their appearance, however, marked an immense progress on a certain day and marks an epoch in the history of the human spirit. The close connection that exists between the intellectual power and the material power of man is found everywhere in history: it is the secret feeling of this connection which makes understand the dreams of the past about the omnipotence of the world. science of today. Chemistry was born yesterday: it was a hundred years ago that it took the form of a modern science. Now, strange circumstance! The opinions to which scholars tend to return today to the constitution of matter are not without some analogy with the profound views of the first alchemists. This is what this essay in visual art seeks to demonstrate, bringing together the conceptions of the past with the systems and theories of modern science.
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